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Apr 18, 2011 05:51 PM

Brown Rice Sushi in Calgary?

Trying to find brown rice sushi in Japanese restaurants in Calgary. I know the only places are Zen 8 and would you believe it, Calgary Co-Op? I wish more Japanese restaurants would have more brown rice sushi 'cos it's good for you!

Zen 8
414 3rd Street SW, Calgary, AB T2P 1R2, CA

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  1. I saw it on the menu at Globefish (the Chinook location, at least).

    Edit: I've also seen it at the Safeway next to Southcentre Mall. It's not great.

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    1. re: cellophane_star

      I totally agree!! I'm from Toronto where you can get brown rice sushi in many restos. I've had the BR sushi at Zen 8 and my problem with it is that it's not 100% brown rice. They mix it with white really not all that healthy in the end.

      What is it like at Co-op? I assume you mean the prepared stuff. Is it any good and is it 100% brown rice?

      Zen 8
      414 3rd Street SW, Calgary, AB T2P 1R2, CA

      1. re: jrabbit2727

        jrabbit2727 - Really, Zen 8 mixes the brown with white!?! Sacrilegious!! Brown rice is more healthy.

        When I go to Co-Op for my cheap brown rice sushi, I like it 'cos I know it's 100% brown rice. You can get the sushi guy to make you fresh ones if you don't see it in their little fridge in front of their sushi stand. I always get mine made fresh - spicy tuna - satisfies me. I've been to the Co-Op in Crowfoot and the one at around 12 Ave and 10 St SW (not too sure what that Co-Op is called.)

        Zen 8
        414 3rd Street SW, Calgary, AB T2P 1R2, CA

        1. re: makan2

          Thanks for the info Makan2!! I frequently go to the Co-Op on 10th and will for sure look for the brown rice sushi next time. And its so good to know that you can get them to make it fresh. EXCELLENT tip!!!

          My favorite sushi in Calgary is Zipang in Bridgeland.......I would LOVE it if someone could convince them to use brown rice. Maybe I'll ask next time.

          1. re: jrabbit2727

            You're welcome, jrabbit 2727.

            My friend loves Zipang. I have yet to try that sushi restaurant.

    2. I can't believe people are shocked that brown rice is hard to find. Asian cuisine is used to using white rice, and the taste and textures will be different if they use brown. Unless they are specifically trying to meet customer demand for healthier food, I wouldn't expect to find brown rice being served in any Asian restaurant.

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      1. re: anonymoose

        I've travelled far and wide and I have seen brown rice sushi in most of the US cities I've visited. Not only in Japanese restaurants but also in Chinese restaurants.

        So why not Canada?

        1. re: makan2

          "Black rice" sushi is available at some restaurants in Vancouver. I know it was sold at Opera Sushi, but they've closed down. There are other places though.

          The Coup in Calgary has a "pseudo-sushi" appetizer that has brown rice and veggies/fruit, but no fish. It's not really sushi, but it's tasty.

          1. re: makan2

            Brown rice sushi is trendy. Canada doesn't necessarily catch on to all the trends, and if we do it takes a looong time. How long did it take for cupcakes and macarons to get picked up here (outside of Toronto and Vancouver)?

        2. Brown rice is only marginally healthier than white rice. The benefits are that brown rice has slightly more fiber and fat, and a lot more vitamin and mineral content. The thing is, you probably don't need the extra vitamins and minerals if you're eating it with fish and seaweed. The caloric content and glycemic index of brown and white rice are pretty much the same.

          Unless I was a vegetarian, I would pick brown rice for the flavour, not for health reasons. Of course, you may love the taste of brown rice with sushi.

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          1. re: 23skidoo

            I prefer brown rice sushi than the white stuff. My diet is all about eating healthier i.e., whole grains, brown rice, and throw in some sashimi for a better deal.

            To each his own.

          2. I found another restaurant that serves Brown Rice Sushi and that would be Kinjo Sushi in Dalhousie. For just an additional 10% more to the price of their regular sushi item, I can have my brown rice sushi.

            This is a FYI for those who like Brown Rice Sushi.

            Kinjo Sushi
            7101 MacLeod Trail S, Calgary, AB T2H 0L8, CA